Monday, January 30, 2017

NARA: Top 10 Citizen Archivists and more

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the National Archives (US). Here's hoping more will consider becoming Citizen Archivists to aid in this massive project. Info about volunteering is found at the end of this post.

FROM: The National Archives Catalog

Thank you, Citizen Archivists!

Our Citizen Archivists have been very active contributing their knowledge to the holdings of the National Archives. In 2016, 3,038 Citizen Archivist volunteers added nearly 229,000 enhancements to the records in our Catalog, which includes tags, transcriptions and comments. All of these contributions help make the records of the National Archives more discoverable online. 

Here are the Top 10 contributors in 2016:
  1. Smithal
  2. PhillipEverettBacon
  3. Icahalan
  4. Jammon49
  5. Kb1213
  6. Dkarimkhani
  7. Maileann
  8. LibrarianTeresa
  9. PoliticalHistory
  10. Ceili
We appreciate all the time that you dedicate to helping unlock history, and making the records of our nation more discoverable to people all over the world. Keep up the great work!

Can you make it to the Top 10? Here’s how to participate:

Get started by visiting our Citizen Archivist Dashboard. You’ll find instructions on how to create an account in our Catalog, participate in our tagging and transcription missions, find individual records to transcribe, and see transcription tips.

We need you! Help transcribe a BIG record

Are you up for a challenge? This record, Edward Dmytryk v. RKO Radio Pictures, Incorporated [Civil Case 7982], is a big one: 238 pages. Can you help us transcribe it? By working together, we challenge our Citizen Archivists to help transcribe this record in our Catalog by the time we send our next National Archives Catalog Newsletter in two weeks. We know you can do it! Are you in?

More about this record:
During the Cold War, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) conducted investigations into potential communist activity. While investigating the motion picture industry, ten screenwriters, producers, and directors, deemed the “Hollywood Ten,” took a defiant stand against the HUAC by refusing to testify, and jeopardized their careers.  This case file is a result of the legal battle that ensued for one of the ten men, Edward Dmytryk. Records in this case include an introduction to the case as well as documents that reveal that the case was ultimately withdrawn when Dmytryk decided to testify in front of the HUAC.  

New to Transcription? Learn how to get started.

Ready to Transcribe? Log in to the Catalog and start transcribing Edward Dmytryk v. RKO Radio Pictures, Incorporated [Civil Case 7982] by selecting a page that does not have a blue tag on the thumbnail image.

(Note from Myrt: The blue tag means someone else has already transcribed the page.)

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